OGDEN -- A Layton man faces two counts of felony stalking after a former girlfriend reported he left threatening messages and showed up at her home on several occasions, even after she obtained a protective order from the court.
Mark Reuben Peterson, 62, is charged with two counts of stalking, one a third-degree felony and another a second-degree. Peterson, who sometimes goes by the alias "Chainsaw," was arrested and booked into Weber County Jail on Wednesday.
The woman in the current case is just one of two who have recently filed stalking complaints against Peterson with Ogden police, said Lt. Scott Conley.
The former girlfriend told detectives in February that she ended her relationship with Peterson nearly seven years ago, but he started coming by her apartment and leaving disturbing voice mails on her phone late last year.
Peterson is accused of stalking the woman despite being served last December with a court-ordered civil stalking injunction that prohibits contact with the woman.
The woman told police that most of the messages Peterson initially left on her answering machine were bothersome but not terribly disturbing.
Then, the woman reported, the voice mails got more serious so she decided to go to police. In one message, Peterson warned her to "prepare to meet thy maker," according to a warrant of arrest filed in 2nd District Court.
A detective interviewed Peterson in March. Peterson initially denied calling the victim and told the officer the number recorded on her caller ID did not belong to him.
However, a joint investigation with cell carrier AT&T showed the number did belong to Peterson, according to the warrant.
Police say the details in the second case are similar: After the woman ended a relationship with Peterson, he began showing up at her apartment and leaving messages on her phone. Peterson also faces a class A misdemeanor stalking charge in that case, to which he has entered a not guilty plea.
In 2004, Peterson was convicted of two counts of stalking, both class A misdemeanors. He pleaded guilty to the same offense in 2007, according to court records.
Both cases involved the woman connected to the most recent charges.
A stalking charge is typically classified as a misdemeanor; however, once an individual violates a civil stalking injunction, all subsequent charges are felonies. If the accused has been previously convicted of two or more stalking offenses, any new charges automatically become a second-degree felony, according to Utah Criminal Code.
Peterson is due back in court Tuesday.